Irishman Creek Station

Set in the heart of the expansive Mackenzie Basin on the shores of Lake Pukaki sits Irishman Creek Station, one of the most iconic high country farms in the Aoraki/Mt Cook region.

Buyers with vision, take hold of this rare high country opportunity.

About Irishman Creek Station

Located 16km south of Lake Tekapo and equidistant to both Queenstown and Christchurch international airports, the property ranges in contour over 6000ha of freehold land. With two additional leasehold blocks creating a total parcel of 8678ha, the farm spans across State Highway 8 to the lake. It is completely accessible by vehicle which is rare in a high country farm of this scale.

In addition to main power, generation of hydro and solar power fuels station utilities and services the homestead, managers’ homes, staff and tourism accommodation, wool shed, deer shed and a range of implement sheds. The Tekapo B Hydro Canal runs the length of the southern boundary and provides both water and access to irrigation, with hard hose and pivots covering 438ha of fertile soils.

The current owners have invested heavily in infrastructure and irrigation development thus the property has a solid farming backbone. Using sustainable practice methods, the farm produces some of the country’s finest beef, deer and Merino wool products.

Making International History

In the early 1950’s Irishman Creek Station made its mark in international history when it was home to the development of the Hamilton jet boat and other multiple engineering feats by previous owner Sir Bill Hamilton. Today, tourism operations are run alongside world-leading farming practices and these include accommodation, farm experiences and Hamilton Jet museum visits.

Historical, Sustainable, Growth Potential

What makes Irishman Creek Station an incredible opportunity?

  1. The amount of freehold vs leasehold land is significant compared to many other high country stations in the district.
  2. It was one of the last farms to be issued consent for irrigation water within the Mackenzie basin.
  3. There has been significant investment into farming infrastructure from the current owners in recent years.
  4. The history associated with the development of the Hamilton Jet and other engineering feats by Sir William (Bill) Hamilton brings interest from all over the globe and is a significant part of NZ history.
  5. The self-sustainable aspect where the farm can sit on its own as it produces it’s own feed and stock. Further investment into solar power would allow for the farm to be completely off-grid.
  6. Many options for a new owner to explore including development of approx 3000 hectares of land to increase stock numbers, develop tourism operations, or build a new homestead/lodge adjacent to Lake Pukaki.

Located within the heart of the South Island high country

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